Welcome to Connectedly, the greatest website, community and information resource dedicated to the wonderful world of connected devices! Connectedly joins the Mobile Nations family — Android Central, iMore, Windows Phone Central, CrackBerry — to go beyond the smartphone and tablet platforms and explore the emerging world of connected devices that these robust mobile platforms enable.
At Mobile Nations we've been following smartphones since the earliest days, going back to the Handspring Visor, Palm Treo, and original BlackBerry. We've witnessed the evolution and growth of the smartphone industry over the past decade and played our part in the excitement daily. We've covered the news, written the reviews, and operated the world's largest enthusiast communities, all focused on helping owners get the most out of their mobile devices.
The next decade will be focused on making everyday devices smarter and more connected!
Since the beginning, our dream was that one day every phone in the world would be a smartphone. Over a decade later, this is no longer a dream but becoming more and more a reality. We're now entering the post-smartphone era, where every phone in the world will be smart and the next decade will be focused on making everyday (and not-so-everyday) devices smarter and more connected. A recent report by Gartner suggested we'll see more than 26 BILLION connected devices by 2020. That's a HUGE number. And Connectedly will be here to cover them all. It's going to be an exciting ride, so we hope you join us!
Our aim is simple — we want to establish Connectedly as the premier destination for anything and everything connected. Mobile platforms are at the center of a new era of connected devices, which includes everything from smartwatches to smart thermostats to connected cars and toys (and a whole lot of stuff in between). That makes Connectedly a natural fit for the Mobile Nations network, and a natural extension of our coverage. What's more, this new generation of connected devices will increasingly work with all major mobile platforms, so whether your platform of choice is Android, iOS, Windows Phone or BlackBerry, you'll want to visit Connectedly often!
Whether your platform is Android, iOS, Windows Phone or BlackBerry, you'll want to visit Connectedly often!
When it comes to our content, for our daily readers and community members — for all of you tech enthusiasts out there — we'll be covering the latest news and rumors and weighing in with our opinions as it happens. The Mobile Nations slogan is Real Tech for Real People™ and our ongoing goal for Connectedly is to master the smart-verse of connected devices and help everyday consumers and the hyper-connected discover cool new products that enrich their lives. We'll help you decide which connected devices you should buy, and once you buy it, we'll show you how to get the most out of it! We're building out a product buyer's guide to help navigate the connected space, and you will see lots of reviews and guides pop up as we get our hands on products and put them to use.
At the core of every Mobile Nations site are our community members, and we're excited to kickstart the Connectedly community in a BIG way. Just as we have witnessed extreme passion for mobile platforms over the years, we really believe there is a bond among early adopters of smart devices and those who choose to live a connected life — to live "connectedly"! Our Mobile Nations communities have played a big role in the smartphone industry over the years, providing valuable feedback to manufacturers and helping to shape the phones that ultimately land in the hands of the mainstream consumer. We believe the Connectedly community will wield tremendous influence over the years to come as we ramp up to a world filled with billions and billions of connected devices.
One of the reasons we're so excited to launch Connectedly is because we've found quality real world coverage in the connected space to be sorely lacking. Smart products present a big challenge to the traditional "tech" publication. A person who is passionate and knowledgeable about technology can write a great gadget review, but being passionate about technology doesn't necessarily best position you to review a product that's geared at enhancing something from another area of life. For example, think about a wearable fitness tracker like the Fitbit. Sure, a "tech reviewer" can put together an OK review. Personally, if I'm looking to take my fitness to the next level I'd rather read the review on a product like the Fitbit from somebody who's first passion and expertise is fitness and can truly validate the product's benefits and shortcomings.
Reading this and think you could be a Connectedly contributor?
That being the case, over the months ahead you should expect to see a lot of new faces show up on Connectedly as we grow a diverse team of passionate contributors that possess the expertise needed to cover all manners of connected technology. If you're reading this and think you could could be one of those passionate contributors, be sure to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The good news is we already have a lot of passion and expertise for connected devices on our team already, so expect to see many of your favorite existing Mobile Nations personalities on Connectedly.
As you can tell, we're really excited about Connectedly. We've been wanting to launch an all things connected community for well over a year now, but just couldn't find a name and brand that we love. I think we succeeded in epic fashion with Connectedly. It's an actual word, it's absolutely representative of the topic at hand, and it's fun to say! The main website will be hosted at connectedly.com, but we also have connected.ly which will be url you see on social services like Twitter where we're sharing our links to our stories.
In addition to visiting Connectedly.com, we'll be taking the community everywhere you are. Mobile apps are on the way, and you can find Connectedly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google +, Youtube, Tumblr, Pinterest and BBM Channels (C00391BB9).
Explore the site and we hope to see you again, soon. We have BIG plans for Connectedly, and the fun has only just begun!